Thursday, January 2, 2014

Year 2 - Letter 31 - Baton Rouge, LA

Alma 32:43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.

Hey Everyone!

Sorry that this is way late!  The libraries were down on Monday, and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  They are actually still down today, so we are here in our local Family History Center where the Schexnayder's said that we could use the computers to write our families.  So, here we are.

Well, a lot has happened lately!  Christmas was awesome!  It was fantastic talking with my family!  It was so good to see that everyone is doing well.  Peter is getting tall.  That is crazy.  Sadie is growing up, and Mom and Dad, you still look young as ever.  

Well, after we talked with our families, Elder Hale and I went to Sandra and Monica's for dinner. We went with Felipe, who is our Elders Quorum President.  He is solid.  We had a really good time.  Sandra and Monica are from El Salvador, and have been kind of off and on lately, so it was huge that they had us over for Christmas.  They had the Christmas Story going on the TV when we walked in.  That made me smile.  Good movie.  We didn't watch it, however.  Not supposed to do that you know.

Oh!  Thanks again family for sending the sweater and other goodies!  I have really enjoyed them! The sweater is actually pretty warm.

New years eve was fun!  In our district meeting we had President Wall sit in.  That kind of made me nervous at first, but we had a good meeting.  We talked about unity.  It was sweet.  I used the scriptures to help share what I wanted to convey.  I focused a lot more on the blessings of unity verses examples of dis-unity.  The only example I shared was the example of miscommunication that we find in the epistles of Moroni and Pahoran.  Pahoran didn't really communicate with Moroni what was going on in Zarahemla, and so all Moroni saw was that he wasn't getting any help from Pahoran, which made him angry.  However, once they started communicating again, they were able to get rid of a situation that could have been really bad.  I wonder what it would have been like had Pahoran been writing to Moroni the entire time.  Interesting.

Anyways, we then went to the Adjusting to Missionary life booklet, and looked at some advice it gives for getting along with your companion and leaders.  All really good stuff.

After District Meeting, President Wall took us to Casa Maria, a little hispanic restaurant nearby. Not very authentic, but good.  He talked to us about adding missionaries in the branch, and also a bit about New Orleans.  It was an interesting conversation.  Then he had to run.

Oh!  New Years Eve was Elder Hale's Birthday!  he turned 19!  Our little youngster!  After district meeting we went out and delivered some triples to some less actives that asked for them. After that, we weren't allowed to proselyte, so we went to Hunan's with the members for Elder Hale's birthday and to celebrate the new year with some good Chinese food.  The food was good, but the people were better!  We had Danny and Tuan serving us.  Tuan has been in the US for 20 years, since he was 11.  He is from Vietnam.  Danny's parents are from Vietnam as well, but Danny was born here.  They were both interested in our work as missionaries.  They didn't have any other tables while we were there, so we invited them to sit with us, which they did.  They were awesome!  Really kind.  When they figured out that it was Elder Hale's Birthday, they got him an entire pineapple cheesecake.  It was terrific!  And cheap.  cheap is good.

Well, we are FINALLY back to normal!  The last few weeks have been kind or hectic with all of the holidays and stuff.  Plus this is the first day in 3 days that it hasn't rained, so that is nice.

OH!  Last night I had my first flat tire on my mission.  That was crazy.  I was riding, and all of a sudden, I just knew I had a flat.  It was a pretty slow leak, and we were really close to home, so that was good.  

Well, all is well!  Life is great!
the wrong shall fail, the right prevail!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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